Sunday, June 12, 2005

Oxbow opinions?

I finally convinced Mama to order me some papaya tablets from Oxbow. She's also getting me some of the early-cut Western Timothy hay. And my Bunny Basics timothy pellets. MMMmmmm!

We have two questions though:

1) How many papaya tablets to buy? The 500 count bottle is a better deal, but since only one tablet daily is suggested, would the excess tablets go bad before I eat them? Mama is pretty strict on my treats, so one daily is all I would get. How long do the tablets stay fresh or hold nutritional value for preventing hairballs?

2) Mama wants to get me one other kind of hay to try, in a smaller bag. Last time, she got me the Orchard Grass. I like that a bunch. But we're wondering if any of the others would be better, so place your vote today!

Options are:
Go for the Orchard Grass again, it's the best!
Oat hay - it rocks!

Or let us know if you have another suggestion.

Remember, Mama is placing the order tonight, so get your opinion in before it's too late. I want the bunnies and other furries who have tried this stuff to be heard. Your input is valuable.


At June 12, 2005 2:08 PM, Blogger Bastya and Vincent said...

Hi Simone! These are the papaya treats I get: Kaytee Healthy Toppings for small animals. Check out this link:

As for papaya tablets, I've never had those. I wonder if refrigerating them would help keep them fresh? Tall Thing eats papaya tablets made for tall things when she has a tummy ache.

That oat hay stuff sounds pretty good...I would like to try that. So far timothy hay is my favourite, but I haven't tried much else.

At June 12, 2005 2:13 PM, Blogger Fiona Bun said...

From Fiona,

Well, this bun's opinion is get the big one. Because if your extra cute, and we know you are binkie, you might get an extra one every once and a while. Plus, you can share with other bunnies if you visit them at shelters. My mom does that.

From Orlando,

Mom also just got me Critter Carrots. They rock as well! I love to crunch them! They are really crunchy.

From The Mom,

I’ve tried all of the hay types; my favorite for their main diet is Timothy Hay. I buy smaller bags of Oat Hay and mix it in with the Timothy. Orlando eats it all. Fiona picks through for the Oat Hay and then eats the Timothy. I buy smaller bags of the Orchard Grass and the Bunny Brome and give that to them as a treat stuffed in toilet paper rolls or brown paper bags. They just love those. I use the Timothy Hay straight in their litter boxes. I don’t use Alfalfa any more since they are both over a year old.

Both of my bunnies are no longer on pellets because Orlando, my sweet little chunk boy, was putting too much weight on eating the entire bowl at one sitting. My vet advised he go on an all-vegetable diet. Their other treats are baskets from the Zooh Corner at

At June 12, 2005 2:38 PM, Blogger Nanette said...

Peaches enjoys both the orchard grass and oat hay but I think if given a choice, she would choose the orchard grass.

She also says to send any extra papaya tablets to her in an unmarked box.

At June 12, 2005 4:49 PM, Blogger JueDee said...

I haven't tried those with my buns, so I'm definetly interested in hearing about what your experience with it is.

At June 12, 2005 4:50 PM, Blogger JueDee said...

I forgot to mention, for Dexter and D.D. I bought some European hairball remedy for cats on the economy. It seems to be working and it's suppose to be all natural.

At June 12, 2005 9:25 PM, Blogger Fiona Bun said...

Well? Simone's Mom - what did we get?

At June 20, 2005 1:47 AM, Blogger Remi said...

From Remi and the mom:
So sorry to hear about your loss! It saddens me so much to read your latest entries in the journal, and made me think of my aging cocker spaniel (going on 13+ years now?).

I was just curious since I noticed you got a lot of bun-owners opinions. What is a good bunny pellet? I've been looking and websites give some ranges for the protein, that sort of thing, but no solid brands. I bought some Kaytee brand timothy pellets, and now I'm reading that brand may be too high in calories? Gaah, the confusion! My bun will be a year old around October soo..

Remi: I need good food! Good food is always good.

At June 21, 2005 12:11 PM, Blogger Simone said...

Hi Remi and your Mom:

For information on what I eat, see my comment to JueDee. Mama really likes to give me Oxbow hay and pellets.

I think you might need the Bunny Basics 15/23 pellet, Remi. It is alfalfa based for young buns. Maybe after you are 1-2 years old, your Mom will move you to the Bunny Basics T, a timothy based pellet.

Note from Mama:
It is kind of expensive, but I figure it's not that bad because each bag lasts him a couple months, and I get his hay (usually a 9 lb. bag of Timothy) at the same time because the combined shipping is cheaper. I look at is as a form of health insurance too. And Simone loves the pellets so much, he knocks his greens out of the way to get to them! Not the case with other brands he's been given. That said, I'm sure you can still find good quality food in the store. Kaytee used to be our pellet of choice also. It's one of the better brands out there, but I don't know much about the calories because I switched Simone from KayTee alfalfa to Oxbow timothy. Thus, he never tried the Kaytee timothy.

At June 24, 2005 1:50 AM, Blogger Fiona Bun said...

My mom agrees - it's worth the money to get the oxbow products. She also orders from them directly because when she added up the cost of getting at the pet store and ordering from oxbow and paying shipping, oxbow is still cheeper. Mom says to check out this site for more information on fluffies. She said she learned a lot.


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